Cisco offers a comprehensive portfolio of wireless LAN products and software tools intended to enable continual connections to data and other resources and to facilitate teamwork among employees, associates, vendors, and clients. Cisco's wireless products include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of wireless access points, plus Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller plug-ins and standalone devices. Progent's Cisco-certified wireless experts can help organizations of any size to deploy Cisco wireless solutions to accommodate the current paradigm of Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) computing by converging their wired/wireless environments to achieve simplified configuration, consistently high throughput, single-point management, enterprise-wide policy enforcement, high availability, and advanced security.
Cisco Converged Security Technology for Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) and Wired/Wireless Connectivity
The Cisco Unified Wireless Network solution can expand to as many as 18,000 access points with Layer 3 connectivity at central or offsite venues like enterprise campuses, university auditoriums, branches, and home offices. Cisco's 802.11x APs and wireless controllers are part of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to support the identical degree of protection, throughput, and manageability for wireless LANs that businesses expect in their wired networks. Cisco's technology incorporates integrated mobility services like IP voice, high-definition IP video, and safe guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless solution allows companies to build Wi-Fi environments that improve the way they work and enhance productivity via a mobile and connected employee base.
Progent's Cisco CCIE network consultants can provide online or on-premises support to assist you to design, deploy, manage, upgrade, and troubleshoot converged wired and wireless networks of all sizes and for any venue. Also, Progent can provide affordable online and onsite wireless site surveys to help your company to plan and install a Wi-Fi LAN with customized AP clusters optimized for your specific work area layout, building characteristics, and application workloads.
Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Access Points (APs)
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of APs enable you to integrate wired/wireless infrastructure to provide the accessibility, capacity, throughput, security and manageability needed to support practically any environment. Cisco's APs range from bare bones, single-radio 802.11b/g/n units with throughput of 300 Mbps for small companies or home offices to dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac APs capable of handling hundreds of clients per AP and delivering throughput as high as 1.9 Gigabits per second. Cisco's current selection of wireless access points can be combined or clustered to provide the capacity to handle wireless networks with high client density and with high usage rates of HD video applications.
Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of APs
Cisco's Small Business Family of wireless access points are Linux-based units designed as value-priced 802.11n Wi-Fi APs for light workloads. Most models in Cisco's Small Business portfolio of access points support Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which allows you to set up, manage and troubleshoot a group of access points from one AP through an intuitive web browser interface. All versions include POE and provide QoS, rogue access point awareness, and bridge mode for wirelessly connecting to another network.
Cisco's Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N Access Point is a wallmount, single-band 2.4GHz unit able to handle 16 802.11b/g/n wireless clients, includes a 10/100 Ethernet interface, allows up to four access pointss and 40 wireless clients per cluster, and supports data rates of 300 Mbps. The Cisco WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n AP that can handle 16 active clients per radio for a total of up to 32 wireless clients, features a GE interface, and delivers throughput of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP131 does not allow clustering. The Cisco WAP150 is a general-purpose dual-radio AC/n AP that includes a one Gbit Power over Ethernet (PoE) port and can handle up to 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps performance for AC clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. Cisco's WAP1501 allows 4 APs per cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP321 model is a wall-mountable single-band (2.4 or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n device that can handle 80 active clients in an 8-AP cluster. The Cisco WAP321 includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port and can support a data rate of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. The Cisco Small Business WAP351 is a dual-radio 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n wireless access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and can support 32 active wireless clients on each radio for a total of up to 64 clients, and deliver a data rate of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP351 AP does not allow clustering. The Cisco WAP361 is a dual-band Wireless-AC/N wireless access point that includes a 5 x Gb Ethernet switch, allows 32 clients on each radio, and offers 867 Mbps throughput for wireless AC clients and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n clients. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 allows eight access points for each cluster. Cisco's wall-mountable Small Business WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-band device that works with 802.11a/b/g/n and the new 802.11ac Wi-Fi specification. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port, can handle up to 32 active wireless clients per radio, and 8 APs for each cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP561 Wireless-N Selectable Band access point features a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port and two concurrent radios (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that offer 450 Mbps performance per radio, can handle 64 devices per radio, and allow up to 16 wireless access points for each cluster. Cisco's WAP551 is like the WAP 561 but features a single radio selectable band. The Cisco Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (the weather-proof outside version) are dual-band Wireless-AC/N access points incorporating 2 x GE interfaces with link aggregation, and up to 1.9 Gigabit/sec performance with 1300 Mbps over 11ac and 600 Mbps over 11n. Both access points support 32 clients per radio and 16 WAP371 access points per cluster.
Cisco's Aironet Family of Access Points
Cisco's Aironet line of indoor and outdoor wireless access points has for years been the leading AP product. Aironet wireless access points range from value priced models to advanced APs. The Aironet series cover several generations of devices supporting the evolving Wi-Fi standard. The current portfolio of Aironet APs work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and incorporate 802.11ac support, which delivers three times the performance as well as greater coverage and density in comparison to the prior generation of APs. Cisco's latest dual-band Aironet access points can accommodate 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients that do not have 802.11ac capability.
The oldest Aironet access points are now legacy devices that have reached end-of-life status and are not supported by Cisco. Progent continues to support the entire Aironet family of access points and can help you to manage and troubleshoot your existing Aironet wireless system or upgrade efficiently to the latest Aironet technology. For more information about Progent's consulting services for both current and legacy Aironet wireless access points, see Aironet wireless access points consulting services.
Cisco's Meraki Access Points
Cisco's family of Meraki dual-band indoor APs include value-priced devices for general use to advanced units supporting as high as 2.5 Gigabit per second throughput. Every Meraki indoor access point offers next-generation capabilities such as self-configuring installation, advanced protection, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, built-in traffic analysis, automatic over-the-web updates, and unified cloud-based management via an intuitive dashboard. Each Cisco Meraki indoor access point also includes two high-power radios with boosted receive sensitivity plus a dedicated radio that provides (WIDS/WIPS) security for threat detection and deep packet inspection.
Meraki outdoor APs are IP67 rated, built to operate in harsh outdoor conditions, and able to resist dust particles, shock and moisture. Cisco's Meraki outdoor APs include a Gigabit Ethernet port and deliver advanced capabilities such as cloud-based management with network-wide visibility and control, native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), 1-click guest access and guest isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus auto-configuring mesh with beamforming. For more information about Progent's consulting services for Meraki wireless access points and management, refer to Meraki wireless access points planning and support.
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco wireless LAN controllers reduce the time and expense required to configure, monitor, and operate Wi-Fi networks by offering single-point control of tasks like setting up wireless access points, enforcing consistent policies throughout converged wired/wireless networks, supporting enterprise-wide QoS for voice and HD video, tracking and optimizing system performance, implementing security capabilities to defend against unauthorized access and Denial of Service threats, and handling IPv6 clients. Cisco has developed wireless LAN controllers for organizations of any size and offers standalone desktop controllers, modular add-on wireless controllers for Cisco routers and switches, and switches with built-in wireless network controllers.
The current generation of Cisco wireless controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir technology to avoid RF interference and create self-healing wireless networks for top 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and security. Built-in Bonjour Gateways allow discovery across WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple-based applications. For high availability, Cisco wireless controllers support access point and client stateful switchover by enabling a backup HA controller to synchronize with a main controller for access point license count, CAPWAP keys, and AP CAPWAP state. If the primary wireless controller stops working, thousands of APs and clients can switchover immediately to the secondary wireless network controller.
Cisco's Wireless Controller Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E provides basic 802.11n and 802.11ac support for Cisco 2900 and 3900 Series routers used by smaller organizations and satellite offices. This affordable and expandable module can handle up to 200 APs and up to 6000 clients. (To find out about Progent's online and onsite consulting services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and management support.)
Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches intended for small to mid-size businesses and branches and have a built-in wireless network controller with the capability to handle up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity for each switch and 25 access points and 1000 clients on each switch or stack. Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches designed for midsize businesses and large enterprises and include a built-in wireless LAN controller supporting up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity on each switch and the ability to handle 50 APs and 2000 clients. The WiSM2 is an add-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include a built-in wireless LAN controller intended for mid-to-large size enterprises and able to deliver 20 Gbps throughput and able to handle up to 1000 wireless access points and up to 15,000 clients. (To learn concerning Progent's consulting services for Cisco switches, see Catalyst switches deployment and troubleshooting support.)
Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are economical desktop units that streamline the deployment and operation of wireless LANs for SMBs and branches. The 2500 Series wireless LAN controller can manage from five to 75 access points and up to 1000 clients and offers throughput of up to 1 Gbps.
Cisco's 5500 Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU appliance designed for mid-to-large sized enterprises and campus environments and can manage up to 500 APs and 7,000 wireless clients while delivering 8 Gbps performance. The Cisco 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance designed for mid-to-large campuses with the ability to manage 1000 APs and 12,000 wireless clients and providing performance of 60 Gbps to handle high client densities and high usage of video-intensive mobile applications.
The Cisco Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is designed to enable centralized management of thousands of wireless remote sites from a single location, eliminating the costs of a wireless controller at every remote site. The 1RU Flex 7500 lets you create a private cloud to configure, monitor, manage, and repair as many as 6000 wireless access points and up to 64,000 clients while supporting 1 Gbps performance. The Cisco 8500 Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance engineered to manage wireless environments for very large campuses or for service providers and can be expanded to handle up to 6000 wireless points and 64,000 clients while offering 10 Gbps performance.
Legacy Cisco Access Points, Bridges and Controllers Supported by Progent
The introduction of the IEEE 802.11ac standard for wireless connectivity largely rendered obsolete the earlier generations of Wi-Fi products for many environments that support high numbers of clients and high usage of HD video software applications. Even for businesses who do not currently need the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac, many of Cisco wireless devices have arrived at end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can represent serious service and compliance issues. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants offer online and onsite support services for a wide range of earlier-generation Cisco wireless products. Progent can in addition assist companies to assess the business case for updating up-of-date wireless technology and can help in designing and carrying out affordable, non-disruptive migrations. The following are a sample of Cisco legacy wireless products that Progent's consultants still support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet APs
Cisco Aironet 1000/1130AG family wireless access points are designed for offices and other sites which have little environmental instability. These products have integrated antennas that offer dependable omnidirectional coverage patterns. The Cisco Aironet 1130G family wireless access point is designed for restricted domains that do not allow 802.11a transmission.
Aironet 1230AG or 1240AG Series APs are intended for more problematic RF environments such as factories and warehouses or above ceiling structures which typically require adjustable external antennas and ruggedized cases. The Aironet 1240G family AP is intended for regulatory locations that do not permit 802.11a transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1500 lightweight outside mesh APs deliver an economical, expandable, protected outdoor wireless network solution for campus areas and for public sites that need connectivity for mobile phones or computers.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges provide a high-throughput and feature-rich solution for connecting numerous LANs in a metropolitan situation or public access environment. Cisco Aironet bridges provide a versatile, manageable technology that meets the protection requirements of public networking professionals. These devices handle both P2P and PTMP configurations with good range and the ability to handle traffic rates up to 54 Mbps.
Cisco wireless bridges deliver throughput substantially faster than E1/T1 links for much lower cost, avoiding the requirement for costly leased lines when linking separate buildings. Since wireless bridges carry no periodic costs, the expenses saved on leased-line services rapidly pay for the initial hardware investment. Self-installed private lines and even leased lines made of copper or fiber-optic cable can require high up-front costs if they are impeded by obstacles like freeways, train tracks, or bodies of water. Cisco Aironet wireless bridges can be deployed quickly an offer a fast ROI.
Cisco 1300 Series outdoor wireless access points/bridges can be implemented as independent wireless access points, wireless bridges, or workgroup bridges. These products have a ruggedized enclosure and provide fast, cost-effective wireless interfaces between multiple stationary or mobile environments and users.
Aironet 1400 family wireless bridges offer fast, dependable outdoor bridging for line-of-sight (LOS) environments. These devices are housed in an all-weather cover that is optimized for severe outside conditions and can function within wide temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco WLAN Controllers
Cisco WLAN Controllers are centralize the management of wireless LANs by simplifying the control of key technologies such as intrusion prevention, real-time RF control, automatic configuration, and N+1 redundancy. Cisco WLAN controllers operate with small access points to deliver superior throughput and high-end administration functions.
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers (WLCs) offer the manageability, scalability, protection, and fault tolerance that network managers require to build secure, large-scale wireless solutions, from satellite locations to small businesses to headquarter campuses. Cisco's first-generation WLCs can be clustered to offer support for up to 2400 WAPs for each roaming domain.
Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Module for Integrated Services Routers provides small-to mid-size businesses and enterprises an economical way to implement and control secure wireless networks at satellite locations. These products supervise as many as twelve Aironet access points and are installable in 2800/3800 Series Routers and 3700 Series Routers. (For information about Progent's online and onsite consulting support for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and troubleshooting consulting.)
How Progent's Consultants Can Assist Your Business with Cisco Wireless Technology
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified consulting professional to help you to design, deploy, maintain and troubleshoot a converged wired/wireless ecosystem incorporating a broad array of wireless devices that offer the identical protection, extensibility, and manageability you expect from a wired environment. Progent can help you to manage early-generation wireless products from Cisco or migrate efficiently to the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology. Progent's CISM and CISSP security consultants can advise you about how to design security into your WLAN and your business operations. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity planners can show you how to set up the high availability (HA) technology incorporated into Cisco's wireless and wired technologies so your converged infrastructure provides non-stop return on investment.
Progentís Wireless Site Survey helps you to plan and deploy a robust wireless network optimized for your facilities, offering a wireless solution that delivers seamless coverage, high speed and capacity, Quality of Service to handle IP video, enterprise-class security, and simplified management. Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey can be performed online to cut time and expense, or onsite for more challenging environments.
For a more in-depth discussion of Progent's wireless consulting capabilities, visit Progent's Wireless LAN Support Services.
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